Due to inactivity and suspension Khabib Nurmagomedov, TJ Grant and Gilbert Melendez are ineligible:
Top 10 Lightweights (9/7/15)
1) Rafael dos Anjos (1)
Rafael dos Anjos will be defending his title against Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone on December 19th. This will be a rematch between the two from UFC Fight Night 27 where dos Anjos came out on top.
2) Anthony Pettis (2)
Former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis will fight for the first time since losing his title by taking on Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz on January 17th in Boston, Massachusetts on Fox Sports 1.
3) Donald Cerrone (3)
Donald Cerrone will be challenging Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight Championship on December 19th at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone. Cerrone will get a chance at avenging his loss to dos Anjos on network Fox.
4) Benson Henderson (4)
Making another trip to welterweight, Benson Henderson will fight Thiago Alves on November 28th at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Alves in Henderson’s home of ancestry in Seoul, Korea on UFC Fight Pass.
5) Myles Jury (5)
Myles Jury will be moving down to featherweight at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos on December 19th against Charles Oliveira. This will give Jury a chance to make an impression in the already crowded featherweight division.
6) Eddie Alvarez (6)
After a Fight of the Night performance, Eddie Alvarez will be facing Anthony Pettis on January 17th at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz in what could possibly another Fight of the Night performance for both men.
7) Will Brooks (7)
Will Brooks displayed how tough he was when he defeated Marcin Held at Bellator 145 despite a popped knee. It’s uncertain how long Brooks will be out with such an injury but one could assume a minimum of six months.
8) Michael Chandler (8)
In a rematch, Michael Chandler defeated David Rickels at Bellator 145 for a second time and the second in a two fight streak. Chandler could be looking at a title shot in the future.
9) Michael Johnson (9)
Michael Johnson is looking to rebound from a loss by defeating Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox:dos Anjos vs. Cerrone on December 19th. If Johnson uses the same take down style to control him he can defeat the younger Diaz.
10) Justin Gaethje (N/A)
The undefeated Justin Gaethje will be watching for his future opponent at WSOF 25 on November 20th.
Lightweight Contenders List
Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, Josh Thomson, Jim Miller, Shinya Aoki, Edson Barboza